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Free paint!

The Hazmobile recovers used water-based paint from our collections. We bulk it by color and pour it into 4 gallon buckets, which are free to the public, first come, first served. The paint is a mixture of interior and exterior grades so it is recommended for exterior use only. Colors usually include tan, brown, gray, and green. The paint giveaway is Tue-Wed from 8 am to 2 pm and 2nd Sat 8-2 at 3200 Taylor Drive, Ukiah.

Any questions?

Call the Recycling Hotline 707-468-9704.

The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority provides this hotline to answer questions about waste reduction and recycling. Messages or questions can be left at any time and your call will be returned.

HazMobile Collections:

  • For Residents:
    Every Tuesday and Wednesday,  from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there is a Hazardous Waste collection at 3200 Taylor Drive, Ukiah.  Most Fridays and Saturdays we are located in different locations of Mendocino and Lake County.  See our 2016 HazMobile schedule. For information on acceptable material and limits, please see our Info Page.
  • For Businesses:
  • Commercial Businesses with hazardous waste require an appointment.
         Call 707-468-9704 to schedule your appointment.


Find trash and recycling services by town:

recycle oil
Where to go? Whee does it go? Whee does it go?






Free e-waste electronics recycling: 


To make it more convenient for residents and businesses to dispose of their waste properly, electronics can be recycled without charge at any transfer station. Included are: televisions, computer monitors, computers, VCRs, printers, cell phones, telephones, microwaves, and answering machines.

The state has also advised that all household batteries, mercury devices, and fluorescent tubes are prohibited from disposal as trash.  They may be recycled through the HazMobile program.


bagCarryout bag ordinance:

You may have questions about the new ordinance or whether a store is in compliance. Read about it here.


foam food containers

Expanded Polystyrene Ordinance:

                   Read about it here.




EIR reports revised draft EIR response to comments draft environmental impact report Illegal Trash Dumping: 

Illegal dumping isn't just unsightly, it's illegal, unhealthy and wasteful. What you can do to help Mendocino County fight this problem.

Safe Medicine Disposal Programs:

Home-generated Sharps/Needles Disposal
Starting September 1, 2008, it's against the law to put sharps/needles in the trash.  See our Sharps Disposal Flyer for information on proper sharps/needle disposal.

Improper disposal of medications can put chemicals into our natural water ways that are harmful for fish and wildlife. You can help reduce this problem by bringing your medications to a Safe Medicine Disposal drop-off location. For more information on safe medicine disposal, visit the Russian River Water Association's web site.  

The Mendocino County Sheriff has also started a program which allows community members a safe location to dispose of all unwanted and outdated prescription medications: Operation Medicine Cabinet.
Medication can also be taken to the hazmobile.

Lake County Recycling Info:

If you are interested in recycling opportunities in Lake County check out the comprehensive information posted at Integrated Waste Management, a division of the Lake County Public Services Department.

The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority is a joint powers agency created by the County of Mendocino, City of Ukiah, City of Fort Bragg, and the City of Willits.

Sites and HoursBoard of Directors:

  • Dave Turner, City of Fort Bragg
  • Dan Hamburg, County of Mendocino
  • Ron Orenstein, City of Willits
  • Tom Woodhouse, County of Mendocino
  • Jim Brown, City of Ukiah

Mike Sweeney, Manager
Rebekkah Mendez, Office Manager

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